Research and analysis

Testing of disability identification tool for schools

The aim of this project was to test the draft tools for identifying disability and accompanying guidance in a sample of all types of maintained schools in order to assess their usability and reliability and whether they resulted in the generation of robust and consistent data that could reliably inform school returns for the annual School Census.

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Testing of disability identification tool for schools

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There has been an ongoing concern about the lack of reliable data on disabled children in schools. To date there has been no consistent way of identifying and categorising disabilities. Schools in England are currently required to collect data on children with Special Educational Need (SEN), but this does not capture information about all disabled children. The lack of this information may seriously restrict capacity at all levels of policy and practice to understand and respond to the needs of disabled children and their families in line with Disability Discrimination Act (2005) and the single Equality Act (2010).

The aim of the project was to test the draft tools for identifying disability and accompanying guidance in a sample of all types of maintained schools in order to assess their usability and reliability and whether they resulted in the generation of robust and consistent data that could reliably inform school returns for the annual School Census.

Includes:

  • Background
  • Procedures
  • Results
  • Is the Data Collectable?
  • Who Met the DDA Criteria?
  • Parent Feedback about the Form
  • Observational Data
  • Reliability in the Use of the Data
  • Usability
  • Flexible Tools
  • Further Discussion: Some Issues Raised by the Study
  • Implications and Recommendations